Extra! Extra! Read all about it...three Paul Doiron reviews in one!
During our last snowstorm I was trying to find a new mystery author that I hadn't read. I stumbled upon Bad Little Falls which is the 3rd book in the Mike Bowditch series.
Bowditch is a young rookie game warden in upstate Maine. He has a troubled past, a new ex-girlfriend, a severe loner complex, and a very large-sized chip on his shoulder. In his relatively short law enforcement career he has managed to get himself exiled to the most remote county in Maine.
I didn't have a choice (because of availability) and read the trilogy out of order...knowing full well that this was a major no-no in the "Official Guide to Mystery Readers'" handbook. I'm glad I did. In retrospect, I learned that by book three, Doiron had smoothed out the sharp edges on his main character, Bowditch, making him a little more likeable.
Hooked on the cold, vast setting of northeastern Maine and the remarkable characters, I then read the second book in this series: Trespasser, which involved a mysterious missing murdered female, who was a car accident victim, and several similar past crimes. Bowditch, who again has the misfortune of occupying the right space at the wrong time, becomes entrenched in a multiple-murder investigation where he is considered one of the primary suspects.
Consuming these 2 books lead me to the inevitable: reading Doiron's first award-winning novel: The Poacher's Son. In this story, Bowditch's estranged father, Jack, was on the run for multiple-murders. Against direct orders, and all reason, son Mike sets out to prove his father's innocence. In all three books there are the reoccurring themes of man-against-nature and bitter cold vs. bitter people. Can a damaged man ever find peace within himself?
Detective Carl Morck has just returned to duty after being shot and losing his partner in a shootout and is not sure he's ready to work again. Carl is a brilliant but difficult detective and is promoted to Department Q of which he is the only member, he is assigned cold cases and plans to do as little as possible in his so called promotion job.
Carl is doing just that until he comes across the case of Merete Lynggaard a beautiful and powerful politician who vanished 5 years ago. The case calls for Carl to demand an assistant and he is given Syrian born Assad who is a quirky but valuable aide, together they find if Merete jumped off a ferry or was abducted and is still alive. A great suspense story filled with a stellar protagonist and and an aide who also adds some humor and lightness to the book. This book would appeal to fans of "Jo Nesbo", "Henning Mankell", "Karin Fossum".
A former Senator, John Billington is found murdered in his Florida home after writing an op-ed linking Saudi Arabia to 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden. Ex Special Forces member "Tony Ramos" and the senators' daughter"Laura" investigate and find that Bin Laden has acquired 3 nukes with help from the Saudis'. Written by former Congressman "Bob Graham" who was Foreign Policy expert.
The Icelandic author of the popular Inspector Erlendur series has written this new stand alone thriller. A German bomber with American markings crashes in Iceland, it is found fifty years later, filled with both German and American bodies starting a scandal that could lead to World War 3.
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